Challenges including the generation of waste, energy usage, emissions and limited access to raw materials have led to strong growth of circular systems. This was previously called reverse logistics. This development has, in turn, led to several other challenges, since circular systems often involve increased handling, transportation and storage of smaller, more unpredictable product flows. In our research, we strive to make resource handling within circular logistics systems more effective. We also aim to better understand the financial benefits of these systems. We do this, for example, by studying collaboration between actors and the development of competitive business models.
Circular logistics systems comprise one of our eight research areas in climate smart transport systems.